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Kyle Busch fastest in morning Cup practice at Bristol

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Kyle Busch posted the fastest lap in Saturday morning’s Cup practice at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Busch led the way with a lap of 128.865 mph. He was followed by rookie Erik Jones (128.649 mph), Denny Hamlin (128.176), Kevin Harvick (128.091) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (128.005).

Jones had the best average over 10 consecutive laps at 127.178 mph. He was followed by Kasey Kahne (126.863 mph), Chase Elliott (126.442), Paul Menard (126.388) and Austin Dillon (126.383).

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who finished second at this track in August, tagged the wall with the right rear during the session. He told his team on the radio: “Obviously, too loose.”

The team unloaded its backup car but Fox Sports 1 reported that the team would repair its primary car, fearful that the final Cup practice session Saturday would get rained out and they wouldn’t get any laps in their backup car.

Most of the field ran in the bottom groove, which had been prepared to provide extra grip. Kyle Larson spent part of the session running high, trying to put rubber in that groove to make it better. Few others followed his lead. Larson spun and hit the wall with the right rear. His car had minor damage.

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NASCAR on NBC podcast, Ep. 90: Roger Slack

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Eldora Speedway general manager Roger Slack joined the NASCAR on NBC podcast to discuss his track’s past, present and possible future with NASCAR.

Slack detailed the run-up to the initial “secret” test with Tony Stewart and Richard Childress Racing’s Austin Dillon that led to scheduling a Camping World Truck Series race that recently completed its fifth edition.

Slack also discussed the storied history of Eldora, which opened in 1954 and was bought by Stewart 50 years later.

You can listen to the podcast by clicking on the AudioBoom embed below or download and subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts by clicking here. The free subscription will provide automatic downloads of new episodes to your smartphone.

It also is available on Stitcher by clicking here and also can be found on Google Play, Spotify and a host of other smartphone apps.

NASCAR America: How Daniel Suarez found out he was replacing Carl Edwards (video)

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On Wednesday’s edition of NASCAR America, Daniel Suarez recalled the moment he got the call that he was being promoted to replace Carl Edwards in the NASCAR Cup Series at Joe Gibbs Racing.

Suarez was at dinner back home in Mexico with family and friends when JGR officials called and him to be ready for a teleconference in a few moments.

Suarez stepped away, telling his dinner partners he’d be back shortly — which ultimately lasted 40 minutes.

When he returned to the dinner table, he couldn’t tell anything about the phone call — JGR officials swore him to secrecy — but he eventually revealed that he had been promoted to the NASCAR Cup Series to replace Edwards, who had decided to take a hiatus from his racing career.

Check out the video above.



NASCAR America: What Joe Gibbs Racing teammates really think of each other (video)

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Daniel Suarez appeared on Wednesday’s live broadcast of NASCAR America from the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina,

One of the funniest segments of Suarez’s visit was a video and verbal collage of how much he and his fellow Joe Gibbs Racing teammates really think of each other — all in good humor, of course.

Check out the video above where Suarez, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch answer the “tough questions” about themselves, as well as how they feel about their fellow teammates.

NASCAR America: Daniel Suarez’s journey from Mexico and VW Beetles to NASCAR champion (video)

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In winning last year’s Xfinity Series championship, Mexican native Daniel Suarez became NASCAR’s first international champion.

It was the culmination of a journey that began with his father and, interestingly enough, Volkswagen Beetles.

Check out Suarez’s story and the thoughts about his success and prowess by our NASCAR America analysts in the video above.

Speaking of VW Beetles, Suarez’s father sold his restoration shop to fund his son’s racing dream. Years later, Daniel repaid his father by purchasing a new restoration shop for him. See the video below.